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We Have a Newsela Class Now!

5 months ago

By Jim Ruby


Follow the link to get to the newsela page for your class.  We may use this as an official assignment locale eventually; however, in the meantime, you can work through the optional assignments I've assigned.

8th graders: https://newsela.com/quickjoin/#/TTCBFN

7th graders: https://newsela.com/quickjoin/#/6NRJBY


Message to Parents

Resources to Keep Busy While School is Shut Down

5 months ago

By Jim Ruby



Online Resources During the Break


 


Here are some general tips for what to do with kids during this break:


https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/how-to-keep-kids-learning-when-theyre-stuck-at-home


and here’s one link from the page I thought looked promising if you need an app to provide reading and light guidance: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/app-reviews/middle-school-confidential-1-be-confident-in-who-you-are


 


This site has tons of unique topics and “wonders” posted by students.  It’s a good source for investigating a unique topic while having some guidance on vocabulary and concepts.


http://wonderopolis.org/


 


BrainPOP is free right now (kids may know the login anyway).  Kids are familiar with BrainPOP and its informational videos.  There are quizzes for each video.


 https://www.brainpop.com/


 


Dictionary.com has a ton of resources from testing your general writing knowledge to vocabulary builders.  Dig around a bit on the site, and you may find something you want.  I’ll post direct links to some of the resources here:


https://www.dictionary.com/games/quizzes/middle-school-punctuation-quiz/  (punctuation quiz)


https://www.dictionary.com/e/crossword/ (crossword puzzles with 2 difficulty levels)


 


Here’s a list of short stories for 7th-10th graders: If you need questions or other materials for a specific story, let me know, and I’ll find something or put some work together.


https://wehavekids.com/education/Famous-Short-Stories-For-Middle-School


 


Your kids should already know about Khan Academy.  There’s more than just math there:


https://www.khanacademy.org/


 


Kahoot is a site where users can create their own quizzes.  Kids, and I’m not overselling this, can’t get enough of Kahoot; they love it in class.


https://kahoot.com/


 


Scholastic is free right now.  You’ll find plenty of materials for younger readers:






 Time for Kids has some free materials.  It can be a pain to navigate through the paid link, so here are links to the free stuff I've found thus far.